Ben Elton - Authentic Stupidity

Sunday 8 September 7:30pm Comedy
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Venue: Theatre Royal

Running time: Doors open 1 hour before the show. Approximate run times: 2.5hrs incl. 20 minute interval. Subject to change

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Following the huge success of Ben Elton’s critically acclaimed sold-out UK tour in 2019, which marked his return to live comedy after a fifteen year hiatus, the undisputed godfather of modern stand-up is going back on the road with his new show – Authentic Stupidity.

Ben says ’Since my last live tour a whole new existential threat has emerged to threaten humanity! Apparently Artificial Intelligence is going to destroy us all! Well I reckon our real problem isn’t Artificial Intelligence it’s good old fashioned Authentic Stupidity! Forget AI! It’s AS we need to be worrying about!’

Ben Elton first exploded into the national consciousness back in the 1980’s hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live and he’s been setting the standard for gag filled, taboo busting, tonsil rattling, mind expanding stand-up comedy ever since.

Ben Elton’s multi-award-winning career spans over four decades and includes seminal and groundbreaking television shows (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Upstart Crow), West End plays (Popcorn, Upstart Crow), West End musicals (We Will Rock You, The Beautiful Game, Close up: The Twiggy Musical), best-selling novels (Stark, Dead Famous, Two Brothers) and feature films (Maybe Baby, Three Summers, All is True).

In October last year, Ben returned to Channel 4 for a one-off revival of Friday Night Live to rave reviews. The reincarnation of the original smash-hit Saturday Night Live was critically acclaimed and Ben won the BAFTA for Comedy Entertainment Programme 2023.

'Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest'

The Sunday Times

‘Elton’s timing and phrasing remain impeccable, his structure is masterly’

Daily Telegraph

‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to beat Ben Elton live!’

Evening Standard

‘Vital, relevant and passionate’

The Scotsman

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